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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Massachusetts
Joshua S. Levy (Acting), United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Thursday, August 31, 2023

Worcester Man Indicted for Unlawfully Possessing a Firearm and Ammunition

BOSTON – A Worcester man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Worcester for unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. 

Ryan Davidson, 38, was indicted on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. 

According to the charging documents, on or about May 9 in Worcester, Davidson possessed a Taurus 9-millimeter pistol and 26 rounds of 9mm ammunition. Davidson is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition due to prior felony convictions.
The charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition provides a sentence of up to 15 years, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

Acting U.S. Attorney Joshua S. Levy; James M. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Worcester Police Chief Steven Sargent made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kaitlin J. Brown of the Worcester Branch Office is prosecuting the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities and measuring the results.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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